Famous Addicts

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The Brent Shapiro Foundation

April 9, 2016

While binge watching American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson today,  I was so mezmerized with John Travolta’s characterization of Robert Shapiro, I wanted to find out more about the attorney in real life, and after googling for more info found an interesting factoid that fits in with TDA here. Most people over 40 know Shapiro was the […]

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My Last Photo on Shatterproof

February 22, 2016

Most recovery oriented websites and blogs were started by people who have experienced addiction first hand. They always share their personal story and sometimes a photo. Originally known as Brian’s Wish, Shatterproof was founded in 2012 by Gary Mendell, whose son, Brian, died at age 25 in 2011 after a long struggle with addiction. The […]

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Drug Wars – A New Hope

December 21, 2015

I went and saw Star Wars this weekend and left the theater satisfied  knowing that the direction and future of my beloved movie series seems to be in good hands under the new regime of Disney and company.  Better yet, that’s the feeling I am getting on Michael Botticelli; who along with the new Star […]

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John Denver ~ Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas

December 16, 2015

Although better known for his upbeat songs like “Country Roads”, “Annie’s Song”, and “Rocky Mountain High”; John Denver had a very dark side and struggled with drug and alcohol abuse throughout his life.  This 1997 article,  John Denver: ‘My dark night of the soul’  is a confessional interview conducted just 6 months before his death in an […]

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Scott Weiland R.I.P.

December 5, 2015

Unfortunately Scott Weiland was as famous for being a drug addict as he was for being the lead singer of two great bands, the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.  He goes now to the great gig in the sky… I hope. He tried many times to get his demons under control, succeeding at taming them for brief periods, but sadly, in the end […]

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I Am Chris Farley

December 1, 2015

I caught the new documentary about comedian and Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley on Spike TV over the holiday weekend and despite the way it glosses over the ugly side of his addictions, its worth a watch if you can catch it for free like I did. Claiming to be the “definitive biographical film” about the […]

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Addiction and Terrorism

November 18, 2015

Anytime I hear of an outrageously stupid or atrociously inhumane act; I automatically wonder if substance abuse is a factor; and almost always I am proven right.  People who do these things have to be imbalanced, mentally ill, or demonic for my world view to be right; and there is no better pathway or conduit to those states of being – than substance […]

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TDA Halloween Challenge

October 31, 2015

This creepy 35 second Hanna Barbera anti-drug PSA has the best catchphrase ever at the end. Happy Halloween!!!

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Running from Addiction

September 24, 2015

SB Nation has an interesting longform article on Ultramarathon runners and the high percentage who used to… get high.  The article focuses on Catra Corbett, a former meth addict who is now part of an ultra elite group – one of only only five people in the world who has run one hundred 100 mile […]

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Fiorina Reveals Family Substance Abuse Tragedy in Debate

September 19, 2015

Believe it or not, I watched most of the Republican Presidential Debate on Wednesday. The standout moment for me, being in recovery was Fiorina and this preface to her comments on drug policy, during which she criticized equating marijuana with alcohol. I had no ideal that she had lost a child to drug addiction and […]

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Who Was The Worst Drug Addict In The History Of The World?

September 11, 2014

And the award goes to… Well first let’s look at what this person was using on a daily basis. Keep in mind, daily …for years. Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Oxycodone, Morphine, Oxedrine Tartrate, Potassium Bromide, Prophenazone, Atropa belladonna, Atropine, Caffeine, Glyconorm, Mutaflor, Odium barbitone, Sulfonamide, and Testosterone. A few of these I had never heard of so […]

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Philip Seymor Hoffman, Research, And Detox

June 2, 2013

When I first started in AA; I relapsed more times than I can count.  After starting the program and getting a sponsor,  I would attend meetings regularly, then a slip would happen, and I would go missing for days or weeks.  Not returning my sponsors calls, I would invariably turn up head bowed,and take the walk […]

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Russell Brand on An Almost Relapse

May 5, 2013

Found a post about recovery in my facebook friend feed today.  Believe it or not, not many of my friends talk about recovery on facebook.  So it must be a sign to share it with the rest of you.  It’s a really good piece by Russell Brand that appeared in The Spectator ( is that the British Version of the Daily Beast?).  […]

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Famous Alcoholics and Addicts: Johnny Cash

February 26, 2013

Johnny Cash did not celebrate his birthday today.  Because he’s dead.  But if he were still alive, he would have turned 81 today, and probably still be in his famous all black attire. As his career was taking off in the late 1950s, Cash started drinking heavily and became addicted to amphetamines and barbiturates.  For a […]

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R.I.P. Mindy McCready

February 18, 2013

I was saddened to hear Mindy McCready killed herself this weekend.  She was a multi platinum selling country music star, as well as a long time sufferer of both alcohol and drug abuse.  She shot herself in the head on her front porch; the same front porch her boyfriend killed himself on, just last month, in […]

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